Australia was watching Monday night as A Current Affair host Tracy Grimshaw questioned Don Burke on the allegations of sexual harassment that had surfaced at the weekend.
We watched as Burke, who has been accused by several women of various acts of sexual misconduct, gave various excuses for his behaviour.
Now, Grimshaw has told us what happened after the on-air part of the interview concluded.
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Speaking to KIIS FM’s Kyle Sandilands and Jackie ‘O’ Henderson, the ACA host said Burke, perhaps expecting his former colleague to go easy on him, was left “shell-shocked”.
“Look. It was polite, we were polite with each other all the way through,” Grimshaw said. “I just think he was a bit shell-shocked.”
Grimshaw said their working relationship as fellow Channel Nine TV presenters was part of the reason he agreed to the interview.
However, Grimshaw did not hold back in asking the tough questions during the tense interview.
“I think he probably thought [the interview] would have been more sympathetic.
“I think he probably would have expected that… But it couldn’t be more sympathetic. We had to go to the core of unpleasantries.
“You know, that’s just what we had to do and I think he’s enough of a realist that he should have understood that.”